Lecture

1 November 2007

On Flexible Citizenship

What positive possibilities could appear for contemporary Europe’s social space from the clash between two conflicting tendencies: the celebration of transnational space on the one hand, and the resurgence of hyper-nationalisms at the regional and local levels on the other? Rosi Braidotti argues that a process of transformation of identities in the sense of “becoming minoritarian” might create such a space and expand our notion of citizenship. Becoming minoritarian is a way of approaching and critiquing power relations that is grounded in notions such as “nomadic identities,” “accountability,” and the “antiracist re-location of whiteness.” It promotes a critical re-grounding of false niversalism into a more situated, local perspective in order to “undo its hegemonic tendencies.” “Flexible citizenship” thus provides an application of post-nationalist and anti-racist identities that is especially relevant within contemporary European debates on citizenship, the inclusion of “others” and multiple belongings. Braidotti discusses how, in opposition to the hegemonic tendencies of “Fortress Europe,” the delinking of nationality and ethnic identity from issues of citizenship–which is the key to the flexible idea of citizens–actualizes the becoming minoritarian of Europe by positively reversing the political, social, and cultural meanings attributed to the notion of foreigners. The first step in this process is the recognition of the need for analysis of and accountability for the reality of today’s multicultural Europe, which must include a balanced assessment of its colonial past and the role that totalitarian ideologies like fascism and communism have played in its history. This is both a challenge and necessity, as paradoxically, the post-nationalist vision of Europe only becomes thinkable at the historical time when European hegemony has ceased to be self-evident.

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Education Program

23 September–28 October 2019

Course: Art and Politics (BAK Public Studies)

From 23 September until 28 October 2019, BAK organizes the course “Art and Politics.” In six weekly sessions, the participants learn about how contemporary art relates to the political in an accessible way. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general and artistic director. Deadline for registrations: 17 September 2019.

Education Program

8-29 October 2019

Course: Instituting Otherwise (BAK Public Studies)

Part of BAK Public Studies, the course Instituting Otherwise, which takes place at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht from 8–29 October 2019, focuses on the possibilities of the (art) institution within and in spite of the current political predicament. The course is taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK general and artistic director. Deadline for registrations: 2 October 2019.

Education Program

14 December 2018

Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity

workshop by Lisa Ito

On 14 December 2018 art historian and activist Lisa Ito gives a workshop “Mapping Histories: Conversing on Visuality and Subalternity” as part of the Royal Academy of Art Non Linear Narrative master’s program. The workshop is held at BAK in the framework of Propositions #7: Evidentiary Methods—the public program in the context of the exhibition Forensic Justice.